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Plans approved for Stonehenge road tunnel

A tunnel past Stonehenge will be dug largely along the route of the existing A303, the government has announced.

Britain pushes Boeing to drop its Bombardier challenge

Britain is pressing for U.S. plane maker Boeing Co to drop its trade challenge against Canadian rival Bombardier and seek a negotiated settlement to try to protect jobs in Northern Ireland, its business ministry said on Monday.

More than 100m Hopper fare journeys have been made in its first year as upgrade set to allow unlimited bus journeys within an hour

Over 100m journeys have been made using the Hopper fare on the capital's buses, since mayor Sadiq Khan introduced it a year ago.

Skills Minister John Hayes brings together transport and further and higher education experts in new advisory group

Skills Minister John Hayes brought together a team of experts on 6th September 2017 to plot a course to build more transport skills than ever before. The minister invited specialists in further and higher education to join transport chiefs to explore how best to equip young people to build a successful career in transport. The Department for Transport works closely with industry to champion vocational skills and training — encouraging young people to gain the skills and experience they need for the challenge of a career in the sector.

Network Rail appoints chair for new Wales route board

Network Rail, Arriva Trains Wales and the Welsh Government have joined forces to create a new board that builds on the industry’s ambition to bring track and train closer together – especially as the new Wales and Borders franchise edges ever closer.

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  • Stonehenge tunnel route moved by 50 metres after protestsPlans for 1.8-mile road tunnel are still very divisive and estimated cost of project has risen to £1.6bnThe government has changed the preferred route of a road tunnel designed to restore peace and tranquillity to Stonehenge after protests by druids, archaeologists and conservation experts. There was an outcry that the 1.8-mile tunnel would pass too close to precious barrows and ruin the view of the sun setting at the winter solstice, a crucial date in the pagan calendar. Continue reading...

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  • Britain pushes Boeing to drop its Bombardier challengeBritain is pressing for U.S. plane maker Boeing Co to drop its trade challenge against Canadian rival Bombardier and seek a negotiated settlement to try to protect jobs in Northern Ireland, its business ministry said on Monday.

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  • Queensferry Crossing: old bridge won't be reopened to carsContinuing rush-hour congestion on the new Queensferry Crossing will subside when the bridge becomes “less of a novelty”, the Infrastructure Secretary has claimed as he rejected calls for the Forth Road Bridge to reopen to traffic.

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  • Projects need to urgently progressed Your report on the delayed rail improvements on the Hope Valley Line between Sheffield and Manchester highlights a problem that has existed ever since 1km of track was singled through Dore & Totley station in 1985.

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  • Port of Grangemouth to expand container terminal The Port of Grangemouth, Scotland’s largest container facility, is underway with a major resurfacing development as part of its continual multimillion pound investment which will further increase the capacity of the busy terminal and position the port ahead of the market. This investment of £1million will upgrade the container terminal’s surfacing to increase the quality, capacity and the speed of servicing vessels with further significant investment planned for 2018.
  • Innovative pilot shows how WiFi data can improve journeys across the Tube Tube journeys could be improved through Transport for London (TfL) harnessing WiFi data to make more information available to customers as they move around London, new research has shown. The four-week TfL pilot, which ran between November and December last year, studied how depersonalised WiFi connection data from customers’ mobile devices could be used to better understand how people navigate the London Underground network, allowing TfL to improve the experience for customers.   
  • Skills Minister John Hayes brings together transport and further and higher education experts in new advisory groupSkills Minister John Hayes brought together a team of experts on 6th September 2017 to plot a course to build more transport skills than ever before. The minister invited specialists in further and higher education to join transport chiefs to explore how best to equip young people to build a successful career in transport. The Department for Transport works closely with industry to champion vocational skills and training — encouraging young people to gain the skills and experience they need for the challenge of a career in the sector.

Rail Technology Magazine

  • TfL seeking permanent customer wi-fi data collection on the TubeTfL is looking to collect wi-fi data from passengers on a permanent basis across the full Tube network after a four-week trial revealed findings and patterns that could not be detected solely from ticketing data or paper-based surveys.
  • West Midlands approves £3.4bn decade-long rail investment planMembers of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) have now formally stamped the 2026 Delivery Plan for Transport that will see £3.4bn invested into tram extensions, suburban rail lines and new stations over the next decade, as well as cycle routes and motorway improvements.
  • Network Rail appoints chair for new Wales route boardNetwork Rail, Arriva Trains Wales and the Welsh Government have joined forces to create a new board that builds on the industry’s ambition to bring track and train closer together – especially as the new Wales and Borders franchise edges ever closer.

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  • Government faces autumn of discontent over electrification retreats The government is facing a growing wave of protests following the latest cancellations of railway electrification plans. Some MPs are already applying pressure. Chris Ruane has lodged Parliamentary Questions asking Mr Grayling how much route has been electrified since 2010, and also which rail electrification projects have been cancelled over the past decade, while environmental campaigners carried a giant electric plug on a relay journey by rail from Bedford to Sheffield on Saturday, compiling a petition en route.

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  • Why Heathrow’s sustainability strategy doesn’t quite cut itEarlier this year, sustainability strategy agency, Futerra, announced it had been working with Heathrow Airport on its latest sustainability strategy, Heathrow 2.0. AEF responded to the news with its concerns, which was previously available on Futerra’s blog, and can now …
  • Finnair boosts its full-year outlookOneworld carrier Finnair has increased its full-year profit expectations to €135-€155 million ($162-$186 million), up from around €110 million from the previous guidance in July. read more
  • Iberia launches new voluntary redundancy package Spanish flag carrier Iberia has agreed to a voluntary redundancy deal with its unions that could see up to 955 personnel leaving the airline by December 2019. read more
  • Ryanair boosts Maltese involvementEurope’s largest LCC, Ryanair, is holding talks with Air Malta over future areas of cooperation as the Irish airline steps up its involvement in the small Mediterranean island. read more

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